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December 05, 2005

Adventures in Nucleation

My stars! What does that maniacally laughing small child plan to do with that Coke and those Mentos? Just you wait!

Shhh. Don't tell Krissy. 

Posted by john at December 5, 2005 03:48 PM

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John H | December 5, 2005 03:58 PM

Well, at least it wasn't Pop Rocks and Coke - that's what killed Mikey, y'know...

John H | December 5, 2005 04:00 PM

PS - some strange doings with your pages. They are coming up bolded and the comments are all underlined...

John H | December 5, 2005 04:00 PM

And now they're not - very weird...

John Scalzi | December 5, 2005 04:02 PM

Yeah, for some reason Firefox 1.5 doesn't play well with my MT set-up. Like, at all.

John H | December 5, 2005 04:04 PM

Now that you mention it, I didn't have any trouble until I upgraded...

Kevin Q | December 5, 2005 05:23 PM

Athena was right: That was pretty awesome. Good height.

I knew a girl who's family's idea of a good time was to add a cup or two of water to an empty 2 liter bottle, add a few dry ice pellets, screw the cap back on, and throw the bottle. After a few seconds the pressure of the melting dry ice would cause the plastic bottle to expand, and then to explode. Caused an almighty boom.


Steve Brady | December 5, 2005 06:30 PM

I like your bit of restraint at the end. "No no, one's enough."

Captain Button | December 5, 2005 07:51 PM

This lacks context. How is she using The Freshmaker to think outside the box and defy and frustrate stodgy authority in a trivial and unimportant way?

- Captain Button

Laura | December 5, 2005 08:41 PM

WHOA! Please excuse me, I need to go Google "Mentos and Coke" now.

Jim | December 5, 2005 08:59 PM

I see you are a Coke Zero household as well. =)

John Scalzi | December 5, 2005 09:09 PM

Yeah, it's good stuff; I like the taste rather better than Diet Coke. I really liked the "C2" stuff too, but apparently I was the only one, since they don't make it anymore.

Katy | December 5, 2005 09:46 PM

Laura --

Check this out: http://www.stevespangler.com/archives/2005/09/06/news-anchor-gets-soaked-steves-exploding-soda-experiment-gets-even-better-3/

Bet my kids will get a kick out of that, too...

Jon H | December 5, 2005 10:40 PM

Now, for the next version, you need a ring of electronically triggered mento deployers arranged around the top of the bottle, so that all the mentos can be dropped in simultaneously...

sxKitten | December 6, 2005 12:49 AM

Cool! That looks like the kind of thing my dad used to do with us when my mom was at work.

Which should probably serve as a cautionary tale, come to think of it.

Emmie | December 6, 2005 10:31 PM

That's a John Water's ref, right? From Pecker? Just checking.

TChem | December 7, 2005 12:12 PM

Awesome. At my wedding, the 8-11 year old set figured out a similar trick with those little sugared almond party favors.

If I'd considered the effect of scale at the time I would've grabbed a 2-liter bottle of soda from behind the bar and done that myself. We chemists always love explosions and fwooshings.

marrije | June 13, 2006 06:22 AM

Hey John and Athena! More Mentos & Coke madness at http://eepybird.com/dcm1.html. I think their mother wasn't around when they set this up...

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